1. Home
  2. Chat
  3. Ebay Bidding

Ebay Bidding

Ask a Question

What's your method I used to bid the highest I'm willing to pay. My OH watches and trys to bid last minute. Right now I tend to put on lowest possible bid and wait see what it's like on last day.

Imnotcheap
18 days ago
What do you think of this?
Golfforall
Golfforall18 days ago

Use a bid sniper . Decide the max you are willing to pay and it bids for you about 5 secs before the auction ends if the current bid is lower . Used to use them a lot but can't be bothered these days . Google "Bid sniper" or "auction sniper" there are quite a few , some you pay for some you get 10 snipes a week for free or at least you used to ..

Like
Reply
2
GSM
GSM18 days ago

Golfforall didn't know about that but every thing makes sense now as I never win

Like
Reply
2
Golfforall
Golfforall18 days ago

GSM Yes , many things have loads of bids in the last 20 secs , I suspect most of them are from these automated bid snipers .

Like
Reply
Imnotcheap
Imnotcheap
Original Poster
18 days ago

I will look into that never heard of it but really want to buy my son a present I've seen

Like
Reply
davidstockport
davidstockport18 days ago

I think the "wait until auction ending" is the best strategy. Some years ago I put in the highest I was willing to pay, but the seller with the help of one or two other crooks was able to take my bid to its highest possible:

First one bid high (which went beyond my highest offer) but then withdrew bid.

Next one knowing what my highest was, bid to just below my highest, pushing my bid to be just beyond it.

Until Ebay do something about this type of thing - never give anyone chance to know your highest bid. They shouldn't allow anyone to withdraw a bid without a very good reason.

IMO once a person has been outbid, they should no longer be under any obligation to purchase at what had been their highest offer - unless they want to. As it is (or "was" if they've changed it) if a bid above your highest is withdrawn your bid is reinstated - even though you've been notified you've been outbid.

On a couple of occasions since the above I have put in my one and only highest offer when the auction has only eight seconds to run, it doesn't allow sufficient time for any jiggery pokery by the seller. I'm not certain but it might also beat the automatic snipers.

Like
Reply
2
bethgriff
bethgriff18 days ago

Definitely wait until the last 10 minutes or so to start bidding and would be worth trying one of those bid sniper programs

Like
Reply
1
Imnotcheap
Imnotcheap
Original Poster
18 days ago

Try this sometimes but sometimes miss out because I'm busy

Like
Reply
1
Ann1984
Ann198418 days ago

I bid last 10 seconds and go 50p higher

Like
Reply
Imnotcheap
Imnotcheap
Original Poster
18 days ago

Its remembering to get on at the internet at correct times

Like
Reply
GSM
GSM18 days ago

Talking about bids, do you know why ebay takes a long time to pay you when you sell a product? I sold it a month ago and it says funds will be available the 11th of February? I don't have any proof that the buyer has got the product either.

Like
Reply
1
Imnotcheap
Imnotcheap
Original Poster
18 days ago

It didn't use to take that long its been a while since I sold on Ebay

Like
Reply
Ann1984
Ann198418 days ago

GSM they do this sometimes to me it’s released faster if buyer leaves feedback or if you had tracking number saying delivered

Like
Reply
neo1
neo117 days ago

I decide what my max bid will be and wait. if its gone over that then i leave it. If not then i wait till the last few 30 seconds or so, stick in my max bid with an extra 50p ish on top. No point bidding before hand as i feel you're just bumping the price up

Like
Reply
1
Golfforall
Golfforall17 days ago

Try to leave it till the last 3 -5 seconds , that will cut out most of the "bid snipers" and will give no time for a "human" to outbid you . 20 - 30 secs gives time for you to be outbid .

Like
Reply
BonzoBanana
BonzoBanana17 days ago

Also look at bid increments, they jump up at different price points so try to guess the maximum bid of others. I.e. if you think someone else will bid up to £6 and the bid increment is 50p you might be able to win by putting in a bid of £5.51 before they put in their bid of £6. It used to be ebay would autobid up to your maximum and then expect 50p above that so £6 would be short of the total required for the next bid of £6.01. This works best if you can snipe just before others so if you can set 10 or 12 seconds and their snipe comes in at 4 seconds you can win. It's no good of course if your snipe comes in later.

You have to know the bid increment though if it was 20p then they would win with £5.71.

Like
Reply
1
One of the UK's largest deal hunting communities

Join for free to get genuine deals, money saving advice and help from our friendly community

Kelsey, Tom
& Deepak
Founders
Founders of Latest Deals
We use cookies (e.g. personalisation, analytics, social media). Find out more.